Fayetteville, NC Head On Collision, Nov 1993


Fayetteville - (AP) - Authorities are still working to identify seven people who were killed in a fiery collision between a Jeep Wagoneer and a car on Interstate 95 in Cumberland County.
State Highway Patrol Trooper C. A. Dew said Sunday that officials were trying to secure dental records to help identify the victims. The fire was so intense that anything from the vehicles that would help in the process was lost.
"The license plates were destroyed. The vehicle identification numbers were destroyed."
"There's nothing to go on," Dew said in a telephone interview Sunday.
The accident occurred about 8 p.m. Saturday when the driver of the northbound Jeep tried to go from the passing lane to the slow lane, but realized that a car was there.
Dew said the Jeep swerved back into the passing lane but went out of control, veering across the median and slamming into a small white car traveling south on the rain-slickened highway.
Two people in the Jeep and five in the white car were killed. A third car was struck by flying debris, but Dew said no one in that car was hurt.
Dew said motorists stopped to try and help a woman who was in the car.
"You could tell they were waiting to do something, but there was nothing they could do," he said.
Parts from the car were scattered across the road and median, and its crumpled hood was 50 feet away.
David Gray, chief of the Eastover Fire Department, said flames were shooting 10 to 12 feet high from the vehicles when firefighters arrived.

Asheville Citizen-Times North Carolina 1993-11-29